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Residents Say City Must Keep an Eye on Police Surveillance

Oakland residents are strongly advocating for a citywide privacy policy that would monitor the use of a surveillance system used to collect and monitor data, respond to emergencies and crime in the City of Oakland, [...]
Mumia on December 18, 2014 with (from left) Heidi Boghosian, Keith Cook and Johanna Fernandez.

A Slow Death for Mumia Abu-Jamal and Thousands of Prisoners in America

Published in The Huffington Post   By Heidi Boghosian, New York City Attorney, and Johanna Fernandez, professor of History at Baruch College (CUNY)   What does it mean for hundreds of thousands of prisoners in [...]
City Attorney Dennis Herrera

Partial Tuition Refunds, Scholarships Available in For-Profit College Settlement

City Attorney Dennis Herrera has launched an outreach program to identify and compensate eligible beneficiaries of his office’s settlement agreement with the Education Management Corporation, the parent company of Art Institute of California-San Francisco.
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Council Decision Could Mean a Step Forward on Police Accountability

The City Council took a first step this week to enact a policy that has been four years in the making and could improve the level of police accountability in Oakland, unanimously voting to consolidate [...]
Oakland City Attorney Barbara Parker. (Photo by D. Ross Cameron)

Barbara Parker Cites Confidentiality, Refuses Comment on Sale of Property for Luxury Apartment Tower

A local community group has not yet received a reply from City Attorney Barbara Parker about their complaint that the City of Oakland is violating local, state and federal laws in going ahead with the [...]
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Obama Bans Some Military-style Equipment Provided to Police

By Associated Press In a surprise announcement coming nine months after police in riot gear dispelled racially charged protests, President Barack Obama is banning the federal government from providing some military-style equipment to local departments [...]